When I was about 10 years old I was watching the evening news with my family, when a politician came on urging women to have more children for the “growth of Australia”. I remember thinking, even at that young age, that this was a ridiculous proposal seeing as the world was already over-populated and had endless problems with poverty, starvation and violence. I remember thinking “shouldn’t we put a lid on any growth until we find solution to the problems we already face?”
So I asked my Dad why we needed more growth? His answer was that economics is based on continual growth, and without it, the world economies would collapse. In my childlike ignorance I asked why the most brilliant financial minds in the world couldn’t come up with an economy based on sustainability (I don’t think I used that particular word when I was 10, but that’s what I meant), rather than growth – knowing even at that age that there would come a point when the growth was too much for the planet.
I was picturing all the green acres around where I lived, filled with houses due to a booming population and I was horrified at that thought. Wouldn’t it be wiser to find ways of living within a neutral economy rather than one of endless growth? Wouldn’t we rather have a few acres of land each, rather than density of housing because of over-population?
These were the thoughts running through my naive child’s mind, but those questions have never really left me – and I’ve never really seen any valid answers to this incredibly complex subject either. And even though it is a bit on the negative side, neither has Mike Adams from Natural News:
“Protecting the environment isn’t a “liberal” idea; it’s everybody’s business. Liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, the environment provides life support for us all, and if we fail to recognize that, we are truly doomed as a civilization.
To help explain this, I’ve put together a simple thought experiment. It begins with three undeniable truths about humans and the environment:”
Do you have any thoughts on this important subject?